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If diagnosis unclear bipolar I or cyclothymia (2 different psychiatrists), does it matter? Treatment is same.

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In brief: Probably

Your diagnosis to a large extent depends on the information you provide to your psychiatrist in terms of duration, intensity and impairment related to your symptoms.
About a third of all patients with cyclothymic disorder develop bipolar ii disorder eventually. Psychosocial and biological therapy are key in both conditions. Your psychiatrist will assist you in this process.

In brief: Probably

Your diagnosis to a large extent depends on the information you provide to your psychiatrist in terms of duration, intensity and impairment related to your symptoms.
About a third of all patients with cyclothymic disorder develop bipolar ii disorder eventually. Psychosocial and biological therapy are key in both conditions. Your psychiatrist will assist you in this process.
Dr. Olukayode Awosika
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Dr. Cyma Khalily
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In brief: SIMILAR

There are similarities although bipolar i tends to be a bit more intense/severe.
Also, lithium mat be beneficial for bipolar i and may not be for cyclothymia. They really should not be mistaken for one another unless the bipolar i has gone untreated and has become rapid cycling.

In brief: SIMILAR

There are similarities although bipolar i tends to be a bit more intense/severe.
Also, lithium mat be beneficial for bipolar i and may not be for cyclothymia. They really should not be mistaken for one another unless the bipolar i has gone untreated and has become rapid cycling.
Dr. Cyma Khalily
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